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In 'Navel Gazing', Michael Ian Black Lays It All Out, Insecurities And All

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:33pm

"When I'm acting, I always imagine myself as looking totally different than the person that appears onscreen," Black says. The comic writes about family, masculinity and vanity in his new memoir.

Batman Takes On Superman In A Dour, Bombastic 'Dawn Of Justice'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:31pm

Director Zack Snyder layers subplot on top of subplot in his film of battling superheroes. Critic David Edelstein says Batman v. Superman is full of fragments and teases, and overall, "just awful."

The Produce Section

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

In this final round, answers contain an item that you might find in your supermarket's produce section. For example, "This satirical newspaper's motto is Latin for 'you are dumb,'" is "The Onion."

Horror Minus Horror

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

Horror movies are designed to scare the pants off of you...but we think the real world is scary enough already. We've rewritten the plots of horror movies and REMOVED all the horror elements.

Meet The Expert: Hailey Gates

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

Inspired by her travels in fashion, we quizzed expert Hailey Gates about famous women who have transformed fashion.

Not About That Bass

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

We all know Meghan Trainor is "All About That Bass," but we here at Ask Me Another aren't so narrow-minded. We've rewritten the song to be all about OTHER musical instruments.

This, That Or The Other

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

Barnevelder. Is it a craft beer, type of facial hair...or a chicken? Find out on our latest installment of This, That, or The Other.

Dis Course Is Pass Fail

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

How would a Brooklynite react to a GROSS sudden burst of wind? With disgust. That's "this gust," pronounced with a classic Brooklyn accent. Every answer is a combination of "dis" and another word.

Wyatt Cenac: Pop Culture Fights

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

We challenge Wyatt to the classic game "Who would win in a fight?" starting with the ultimate question: Superman or Batman?

Shadows Haunt A Lovely Season In 'Summer Before The War'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 6:00am

Helen Simonson's new novel is a gently charming portrait of a small British town in the last, fraught moments before the outbreak of World War I.

A Journalist Delves Deep Inside 'Putin Country'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks with former NPR foreign correspondent Anne Garrels about her new book Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia.

The Many Masks Of Batman In 'Caped Crusade'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 3:24pm

Glen Weldon's book The Caped Crusade traces the evolution of Batman, and argues that his anger and obsession are only part of the character; his childhood anti-crime oath makes him a hopeful figure.

Ceci N'Est Pas Ice Cream (Actually It's Lard And Food Coloring)

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 2:58pm

A photo series exposes the cheats food stylists use to make dishes look so scrumptious in glossy magazines and cookbooks. Roast meats are glazed with motor oil, and milk is replaced with glue.

Mysterious Keys Unlock Surreal Landscapes In 'What Is Yours Is Not Yours'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:41am

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says each of the "nouveau Gothic" stories in Helen Oyeyemi's new collection leaves a deep impression — like a scar that stubbornly refuses to fade.

'Caped Crusade' Peeks Under Batman's Iconic Cowl

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 6:00am

Glen Weldon's new book lays out the history of Batman — from pow-biff-zap camp icon to dour Dark Knight — with the witty, informed perspective of a diehard fan. To the Batcave, readers!

Tape Of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game To Be Archived At National Recording Registry

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 4:04am

Every year the Library of Congress names 25 recordings to its National Recording Registry. Some of them are widely available pop songs that are mostly intended to bring attention to the Registry. But some of them are truly rare.

Whither Bridget Jones? Britain's 'Independent' Newspaper Goes Digital

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 4:04am

Helen Fielding's memorable comic creation started as a series of columns in the Independent some 20 years ago; as the paper goes digital-only, Fielding says the next Bridget could come from a blog.

Bubble Tea Is Back — With A Vengeance

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 3:53pm

Boba is the Taiwanese beverage that allows you to chew your drink. In its latest incarnations (think horchata and cocktail bobas), it's playing ambassador to a whole host of other foods and trends.

From Reagan's Cyber Plan To Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 2:46pm

Fred Kaplan, author of Dark Territory, traces the history of cyber defense into the current heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone.

True Love And Time Travel In 'Patience'

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 6:00am

Comic artist Dan Clowes takes a new direction in his latest graphic novel — which starts with a rare moment of happiness for its main characters. Does it last? Spoiler alert: No.




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